Craig from Nevada

Craig from Nevada

Lives in United States NV, United States
Joined on Apr 7, 2012

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On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (143 comments in total)

The market cycle for cameras is now far shorter than the product cycle--time to develop a new camera with signficant improvement over the previous model. The technology is now mature.

Customers want the new camera and not last year's model. There is no new camera ready to go.

This looks more like autormobles than anything else--change the grill on the hood each year and call it the 2015 model. In this case, the color is gunmetal and it is called the "Prestige Edition"

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 13:08 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (428 comments in total)
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halothane: In the UK, the Sony RX10 is now widely available for £649 ( with £50 cash back on £699) and the Panasonic is £749. ($1100 & $1250 respectively).
At those prices your choice will depend on what compromises you are willing to make - I have always been suspicious of bridge cameras, as they seem to promise much, but don't always deliver.

Alternatives with 1 inch sensors are limited to the Nikon 1, which with the evf kit would be not far off the price of Both these cameras together! So at present is a poor value comparison. For a similar size / weight, and £100 more, a Canon 100D and Tamron 16 - 300 would be a possible alternative; bigger sensor, better range but smaller apertures.

I would be happy to be given either the Sony or the Panasonic; but if I was buying one, I would choose the Sony, as it has a degree of weather sealing. YMMV!

Enjoy you photography!

BW

I was thinking a nice road trip--say a hike through the tropics with a 14 year and his friends.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 14:14 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (428 comments in total)
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halothane: In the UK, the Sony RX10 is now widely available for £649 ( with £50 cash back on £699) and the Panasonic is £749. ($1100 & $1250 respectively).
At those prices your choice will depend on what compromises you are willing to make - I have always been suspicious of bridge cameras, as they seem to promise much, but don't always deliver.

Alternatives with 1 inch sensors are limited to the Nikon 1, which with the evf kit would be not far off the price of Both these cameras together! So at present is a poor value comparison. For a similar size / weight, and £100 more, a Canon 100D and Tamron 16 - 300 would be a possible alternative; bigger sensor, better range but smaller apertures.

I would be happy to be given either the Sony or the Panasonic; but if I was buying one, I would choose the Sony, as it has a degree of weather sealing. YMMV!

Enjoy you photography!

BW

+1

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:33 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (102 comments in total)

Tripods, like camping gear, all look great new. Scientific tests are fine, but there is nothing like real use--stuff designers never dreamed of.

Let's see what these guys look like after a few trips and lots of lousy weather.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 19:58 UTC as 31st comment
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)

At least they are not apologizing for having it in stock.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 15:21 UTC as 12th comment
On Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia article (76 comments in total)

The press release above is pretty awful.
I guess you have to do what you can to gin up some excitement even if the product you promoting is not exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:48 UTC as 6th comment
On Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia article (76 comments in total)

Yawn

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 24th comment
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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Retzius: Nikon should officially apologize for Brazil's football team.

David Luiz can be their spokesman.

Nikon and Team Brazil: "We have you covered"

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)

I wonder if camera buyers have noticed?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 10:41 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies
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DavidOB: If I get this camera will I suddenly become a great photographer?

Given its price, It will certainly give you plenty of time to work on it as you will have very little pocket money left for anything else.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 21:58 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)

For those of us into nostalgia, the name "Kodak" evokes some mixed memories.

Growing up our family had a Kodak 126 instamatic camera. Drop the film in and insert the flash cube. Convenient and built for the consumer market. Photos were what they were. It wasn't great but it was sure small and convenient. It was the late 1960s. Get in the 1963 Plymouth Valiant stationwagon and take a trip

Later, my dad purchased a nice Minolta 35mm camera. Kodak 400 film was awesome. Beautiful imaages were produced with that film.

When I saw this camera, it reminded me of the instamatic and not the film. I wonder if this was their intent?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 3rd comment
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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ntsan: I guess Pana and Olympus is giving the low end market to Kodak since Panasonic is going to discontinue G/GF series and the only Oly camera coming this year is E-PL7 (no E-PM3).

The problem the camera makers have with product differentiation is that people want to carry a single device that meets all of their needs.

Cell phones and some tablets do that--pictures, phone, data, and storage. Cameras do not. They are at a huge disadvantage. I was at Yosemite recently, the tablets were every where. All sorts of age groups. The cameras still are the majority, but I was surprised by the numbers of imagining devices that were not traditional cameras. It has change a lot in a very short time. Happily there were a group of artists with pencils, paints, brushes and paper, so I didn't feel completely out of place with two DSLRs

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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Hetzer: The white/grey design is very fresh, I wish my Sony alpha looked more like this. Kodak is a brand name, nice to see it again, no matter who the owner is. More players in the 4/3 makes the standard more attractive, also good for Panasonic and Olympus.

I am not sure if the market can support the nice group of body makers over the long haul.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Apparently it's going to cost $499.

Moving on...

"Regularly $499, now on sale for $299".

It is going to be "on sale" every day at $299.

The only way this thing flies is with very aggressive pricing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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ntsan: I guess Pana and Olympus is giving the low end market to Kodak since Panasonic is going to discontinue G/GF series and the only Oly camera coming this year is E-PL7 (no E-PM3).

There are serious questions about what remains of the low-end market. The i-phone is killing (killed) Point and Shoot and the low-end market for interchangeable lens cameras is next. There have been some nice offerings such as the Olympus Stylus and others offering a decent camera with a built in lens. This seems to be the competition for this camera.

If I decide to upgrade my i-phone, what next? I don't know if this camera is the answer. It is a question of where the price settles and it has a ways to go.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:12 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (173 comments in total)

"Pricing is still to be confirmed, but should be very competitive with similarly-specified entry-level mirrorless cameras. "

The price has to be cheap, very cheap, for this to work. Close in terms of price with panny or oly won't make this viable. It needs to compete with disposible cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 21:40 UTC as 44th comment

10 great reasons to visit a US National Park

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:40 UTC as 6th comment
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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demunseed: I am the drone pilot that shot one of the first Drone videos over Yosemite. (on YouTube at "DEMUNSEED"). While I sympathize with those that do not want a "drone" (UAV) flying over their heads while they're communing with nature, the National Parks need to set aside 3-4 days per year for videographers like myself to come out and create "our art" with drones. I create these "aerial tour" videos to show an entirely different perspective of our National Parks and also for those that might not ever get to visit the Park. I'm an artist, and my drone is my "paintbrush". Please allow me to create MY art. Jimbowers@foothill.net

No, thank you.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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FoolyCooly: Great! Now if we can only ban old farts with tripods next! Photographers are ruining the peaceful atmosphere of the park with their bags of gear and loud shutter clicks.

Cameras are passe'. Everyone uses an I-Pad now.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 14:04 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)

I would like to ban the jets from Yosemite airspace. Contrails always seem to appear in my photos of Yosemite.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies
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